There I was, reading some very heavy books when I came across this phrase that set me going. “Marxism (Karl Marx) is built on the Marx inference that employers will exploit employees.” So there it was, the commentary on the workplace that many people even today, still believe.
My name is Shirley Tracy and I practice Human Performance Technology in my consulting Practice. And I am an enthusiastic researcher into workplaces and employer/employee relationships as they contribute to the success of an organisation.
Over 20 years I have found only two companies that I would call successfully able to operate in a way that builds a profitable company with the interest and success of both parties in mind. And I probably encounter and work with up to 20 organisations a year – some for long periods and some only to touch the immediate problem they have. I yearn to see organisations that are a lovely place for both parties to reside. I don’t find that many.
When Marx coined that phrase, the world was largely lowly or under educated and employers could exploit their servants. This no longer exists but regrettably, many employers have yet to catch up with this. And so this is where all my work comes from.
So the question I am asking is ‘why, with all the opportunities we have, does this still happen’? Why do I still hear employers say of a potential candidate “No, he’s not going to be any good. He is too old, skills are probably out of date (inference here) and he may not have the stamina”. Does he not know that his statement puts him at odds with Human Rights legislation?
Now I have to tell you, as an older person, I specialise in getting older people jobs and I have a huge success rate. Pity because I am just looking for one employer who discriminates against one of my clients on the basis of their age and I’m into them!!! But my success rate at getting them employment is high and I therefore have not had the chance – as yet.
Having said all that, it is true that some older people are their own worst enemies. Out of date skills, negative attitudes, inability to work with people in other age groups – they make it very difficult for people to fit them into an organisation.
So let’s start talking about it. It is a subject that needs addressing. And, at the commencement of 2017, it’s even more important as employers face recruitment in an employee’s market.